The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Thursday, September 19, 2019

Rossetti's intimate portrait of his lover, lost for 150 years, to sell at Bonhams in London
Portrait of Jane Morris was recently rediscovered in America. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- A very personal sketch by renowned Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti is set to go under the hammer in the 19th Century European, Victorian and British Impressionist Art sale, taking place on 21 January 2015 at Bonhams New Bond Street salerooms.

Portrait of Jane Morris, a pen and brown ink drawing from 1873, is estimated at £20,000-30,000, and depicts the great love of Rossetti’s life in a private moment, reclining on a couch and reading a book.

With her voluptuous lips, penetrating eyes, strong bone structure and cascade of dark hair, Jane Morris became the embodiment of Pre-Raphaelite beauty whose striking features shine out from many of Rossetti's more important works of art.

Known to her friends and family as Janey, she is best remembered as the wife of William Morris who became Rossetti's muse and lover and modelled for him as well as others within the Pre-Raphaelite circle; in her own right she was also an accomplished linguist, musician and a renowned embroiderer within the Arts and Crafts movement who took an active role in the family business of Morris and Co.

According to William Michael Rossetti, his brother first spotted Jane at a theatre in Oxford in Autumn 1857 whilst he and his friends Edward Burne-Jones, Morris and others were working on the Oxford Union murals. Struck by her singular beauty they persuaded Jane to model for them.

Jane and Dante Rossetti’s love was probably not consummated until 1866 or 1867, but by that time Rossetti had developed an overwhelming passion for his model and muse.

This poignant drawing of Jane was executed in January 1873, almost certainly at Kelmscott Manor, a grand Thames-side Cotswold residence of which Morris and Rossetti became joint tenants in June 1871. Whilst there in 1873, Rossetti made a number of studies of Jane of which the present example encapsulates their intimacy and the artist's virtuosity as a draughtsman.

Rossetti died in 1882, and the following year Rossetti's former housekeeper, model and mistress Fanny Cornforth and her husband John Bernard Schott staged an exhibition of his works at what was known as the Rossetti Gallery, on Old Bond Street, where the present lot was first shown to the public.

The records remain mute as to what happened to the present portrait after it was shown at the Rossetti Gallery, and even when Virginia Surtees published her Rossetti Catalogue Raisonné in 1971, the location of Jane Morris's likeness was unknown. Its recent reappearance is therefore a significant rediscovery since we now know that during the last century it was owned by the American collectors John Hudson and his wife Olivia Poole and has remained in their family until now.

Today's News

December 19, 2014

Hebrew University archaeologists find 20-meter-high corridor at Herodium National Park

Berkeley Art Museum acquires the Steven Leiber Conceptual Art Collection and Library

British royals mull removal of hunting trophies from Queen Elizabeth II's Sandringham residence

Rossetti's intimate portrait of his lover, lost for 150 years, to sell at Bonhams in London

The National Gallery of Canada acquires seven major 19th-century works

Final installment of photographs from the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago to be offered online

Laumeier Sculpture Park completes $200,000 conservation project for Donald Judd's Untitled, 1984

The Hammer Museum announces Aram Moshayedi and Hamza Walker as curators for Made in L.A. 2016

Rebekka Modlen, émigré artist and seminal figure of Soviet Nonconformist Art history, passes away at 80

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art appoints Adine Varah as General Counsel

Tiffany glass lamps lead 20th Century Decorative Arts Auction at Bonhams New York

Sotheby's December Auctions of 20th Century Design & Tiffany total $21.3 million in New York

The Van Gogh Museum ends 2014 extremely well with a record number of visitors

Fifteen African American artists open exhibition at Philip Slein Gallery in St. Louis

Exhibition showcases 38 recently conserved Indian miniature paintings

Portland Museum of Art hires new Curatorial Fellow

Shaker Museum/Mount Lebanon awarded $500,000 for historic preservation

La Criée centre for contemporary art opens group show whose subject is the countryside

Boundless: Contemporary Art to take place at Sotheby's Hong Kong Gallery in January

Boijmans honours gigantic art space: Submarine Wharf

Frieze New York 2015: Details announced

WWI 'Christmas Truce' football match memorial unveiled

Falklands to unveil Thatcher statue in 2015

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Holocaust 'masterpiece' causes uproar at Venice film festival

2.- To be unveiled at Sotheby's: One of the greatest collections of Orientalist paintings ever assembled

3.- Bender Gallery features paintings by up and coming Chicago artist Michael Hedges

4.- Lévy Gorvy exhibits new and historic works by French master in his centenary year

5.- Artificial Intelligence as good as Mahler? Austrian orchestra performs symphony with twist

6.- Fascinating new exhibition explores enduring artistic bond between Scotland and Italy

7.- Exhibition explores the process of Japanese-style woodblock production

8.- Robert Frank, photographer of America's underbelly, dead at 94

9.- The truth behind the legend of patriot Paul Revere revealed in a new exhibition at New-York Historical Society

10.- Hitler bust found in cellar of French Senate

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful